Samsung: The only Android smartphone maker that matters

Subscriber numbers for Apple iPhones and Samsung phones increased in the last quarter of 2012 by similar amounts, giving Apple a solid 36.3 percent and Samsung 21 percent. That puts Samsung close to 11 percent more than the next nearest competitor, HTC. Note 2 and penSamsung Galaxy Note 2 and S Pen

That’s significant because Samsung is selling mostly Android phones while HTC is heavily pushing Windows Phones in addition to Android handsets. While Samsung’s share grew 2.3 percent HTC’s dropped 1.8 percent. You could almost say Samsung grew share at HTC’s expense in spite of Windows Phone 8 launching during that quarter.

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